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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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From the Diocesan Archives: May

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

150 Years Ago: 1852
Indian Missions: Father Chirouse of the Oblate Missionaries came to minister among the Umatilla Indians at the request of Archbishop Blanchet. Father Chirouse had to face the unhappy fallout of the Whitman Massacre in Walla Walla.
125 Years Ago: 1877
Milwaukee, Wis.:
The future Bishop Augustine Schinner received high honors at St. Francis College. He became the first bishop of Spokane in 1914.
Spokane Falls: General Howard came through Spokane Falls on his way to Fort Lapwai for a conference with the Nez Perce tribe. Jesuit Father Joseph Cataldo attended the confab to open the meeting “with proper talk in Nez Perce.” The nephew of Marcus Whitman served as interpreter.
100 Years Ago: 1902
Gonzaga College students completing their sophomore year include Bob Armstrong, Edmund Twohy, Ed Roberts, Pete Taufen, Harry McCage, Jim Donahue, Bob Morris and George Driesiel.
Sprague: Father Van de Ven, the local pastor, covers the area from Sunnyside to Connell, and from Wallula to Priest Rapids and Willow Springs. This is a parish larger than many Eastern dioceses.
Dublin, Ireland: The future Father Anthony Farrelly graduated from All Hallows Preparatory Seminary in Dublin, Ireland. Father Farrelly served many years in Spokane parishes. Spokane: The bishop appointed Father J.A. Faust of Holy Ghost and St. Anthony Parish as the diocese’s Director of the Propagation of the Faith, as well as Director of the Catholics’ Mission Crusade.
Medical Lake: Bishop White assigned St. Anne Church and the medical institutions of the town to the pastoral care of the staff at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Father William Condon will make weekly trips to Medical Lake.
50 Years Ago: 1952
The new Mt. Carmel Hospital was dedicated by Bishop White. Patients were transferred to this new building on East Columbia Street.
Spokane: The 20th annual graduation exercise at Marycliff High School was held for 77 white-capped-and-gowned seniors. Father Ralph Schwemin gave the commencement address. Janet LaBar, who held the highest scholastic record, also spoke. Bishop White presented the diplomas.
25 Years Ago: 1977
Over 100 delegates of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas courts in Washington and Idaho met for their annual convention. Leaders present included Mrs. David Chrisman, the Grand Regent from Pullman, and Jesuit Father Joseph Showalter, the chaplain of Court Washington.
Spokane: Karen Stratton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Stratton, was chosen to be the Lilac Queen during festivities at the Opera House. The St. Francis Xavier parishioner will preside over all Lilac Festival activities.
Spokane: Gary Deccio and Eric Mesford are the graduating seniors from Bishop White Seminary.
10 Years Ago: 1992
Father Gerard Hanna, age 85, died in Ireland after long service in the Spokane Diocese. He served several different parishes, including St. Augustine, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Anthony and St. Joseph, He also taught theology at Gonzaga University and was a chaplain at Holy Family Hospital.
Trentwood: Mike and Maggie Eller, catechists for the second graders at St. Joseph Parish, have been nominated as outstanding teachers for the 1992 school year by Catechist Magazine.

(Father Bradley is archivist for the Diocese of Spokane.)

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